Coach Connection Newsletter #36 - 9/8/17

Coach Connection Newsletter #36 - 9/8/17

 | Thursday, October 5, 2017

1. United States Aquatic Sports Convention Information
2. Breaststroke - Egg Beater Kick
3. Butterfly Kicking: A Visual Aid
4. Top Tips for Choosing Beverages
5. USADA Update
6. What Parents Hate Most About Youth Sports!
7. Wonder Year: How Roger Federer Upgraded His Game
8. Denver University Sport Coach Educator Questions How High School Coaches Are Trained
9. Stop Procrastinating Before It Stops You
10. Energy Givers

United States Aquatic Sports Convention Information

Know what you need to know

Learn more here:

Revised Schedule: It can also be found on the DeckPass app.

All convention materials:

A special webpage has been created to provide USA Swimming members with complete information regarding the proposed changes to the role, purpose, function, and composition of the National Board of Directors. These changes will be voted on by the House of Delegates at the 2017 USAS Convention in Dallas.

Over the past year, a task force and an outside consultant have conducted an in-depth governance review of the Board of Directors. In April, they presented their assessment and recommendations to the Board and received the Board’s overwhelming endorsement.
These recommendations have been reviewed by the Rules & Regulations Committee and will be presented to the House of Delegates as part of the legislation packet at the Convention.

The Board of Directors and the task force encourage you to carefully review the information provided and become familiar with the proposed changes and the rationale behind those changes.

Please direct all questions and comments to

Learn more here:

Breaststroke - Egg Beater Kick

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, September 6, 2017


Here's a good old fashioned drill known by waterpolo players everywhere, that can awaken the inner shin and ankle for a better breaststroke kick.

Why do it:
Because all of the other kicks interact with the top and bottom of the foot, sometimes this simple drill can show swimmers that the INNER part of the foot, ankle and shin are needed for a good breaststroke kick.

How to do it:
1 - Start with a gentle sculling with the hands. Alternate a single kick with the inside of the foot pushing down.
2 - Keep the back straight, and try to avoid the swimmers leaning forward. Stay vertical with the feet pushing the body UP.
3 - Gradually raise the hands to increase the pressure on the kick.

How to do it really well (the fine point):
Slowing keep the hands moving upward, until the elbows are completely out of the water. Make sure the swimmer maintains the body alignment, teaching the downward press of the foot. The rate of the alternating action of the feet should increase as the hands get farther above the surface of the water.

Butterfly Kicking: A Visual Aid

By Katie Arnold, USA Swimming National High Performance Consultant, September 5, 2017

As I’ve admitted here before, I am the epitome of a visual learner. Most of the time, I have to create visuals that illustrate certain ideas before I truly understand them. For this week’s High Performance Tip, I wanted to explore something that has come up a lot during my recent club visits: butterfly kicking. It is very important to have two kicks of equal size and strength, which are set up by a significant knee bend. Seems simple enough, but in reality, a lot of butterflyer's have a noticeable difference between the entry kick and the exit kick. So how do you identify this imbalance?

Look at the pictures here:

Top Tips for Choosing Beverages

By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, CSSD, August 31, 2017

So many beverage choices for young (and old) swimmers on the market. How do you choose? Let’s rethink the drinks that many of you are asking about.

Learn more here:

USADA Update

Please share these USADA articles and resources with your athletes and their parents. These links may be included in a Team newsletter or re-posted on your Social Media platforms

What's in your #supplements? The HRL is your link to products of high risk to athletes & consumers. #beinformed

What Parents Hate Most About Youth Sports!

By Asia Mape,, August 21, 2017

When we posed that question a while back, we were overwhelmed with the response and did a post revealing the 8 MOST frustrating things about youth sports

You’ll find the extended list, as well as some of the top answers as told to us by some very cute kids!

See list here:


Wonder Year: How Roger Federer Upgraded His Game

By Peter de Jonge,, August 24, 2017

Near the end of a conversation with Roger Federer earlier this month, in a small dining room that had been set aside for us off the lobby of the Mount Stephen Hotel in Montreal, I asked if he happened to catch the final poignant seconds of Usain Bolt’s remarkable career as a solo runner in the 100 meters two days earlier at the World Track and Field Championships. Bolt finished a disappointing third, behind his longtime rival Justin Gatlin and another American sprinter, Christian Coleman. “I meant to, but I missed it,” Federer said. “So I caught it on the highlights.”

What did you think, I asked him.

Learn more here:

Related story by Sports Illustrated:

Denver University Sport Coach Educator Questions How High School Coaches Are Trained

By Anastasiya Bolton,, Aug 26, 2017

A local sports psychologist would like the recent controversy surrounding a cheer coach at East High to spark a bigger conversation about coaches nationwide.

The disturbing East High School cheer videos 9Wants to Know exposed this week should be a part of a bigger nationwide conversation about how coaches are trained - that’s according to Brian Gearity, an expert in coaching education and development at DU’s graduate school of professional psychology.

Gearity is a Clinical Assistant Professor with Master of Arts in Sports Coaching.

He saw videos of East High School cheer coach Ozell Williams' use of a forced splits technique that brought students to tears.

“Here we are again in 2017 with really abusive and poor coaching practice,” Gearity said. “This should not happen at all. What's disturbing, is we keep having the same conversation every few months, every six months, something gets taped or finally a story, because enough people speak out and they can't cover it up anymore and we shine a light on these things.”

He added the video showing Williams and his cheerleaders should force educators, coaches and legislators to change how things are done.

Learn more here:

Stop Procrastinating Before It Stops You

By Harvey Mackay, Columnist, August 2017

A third grader had to do a book report, and he chose a Socrates biography. His report consisted of three succinct sentences:

Socrates was a philosopher.
He talked a lot.
They killed him.

Not much more to say about brevity. Maybe that's why U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated."

Another U.S. President, Woodrow Wilson once said: "If I am to speak for 10 minutes, I need a week for preparation; if 15 minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now."

This is a good explanation for why people are so long-winded. It's easier. You don't need to think and prepare as much. Just let it roll.

Maybe that's why William Shakespeare said, "Brevity is the soul of wit."

Learn more here:

Energy Givers

By Alan Stein on his Stronger Team Blog, August 2017

Energy Givers

Every time you interact with another human being… you either give them energy (‘fill their bucket’) or you take their energy (‘drain their bucket.’). In every instance you are either an energygiver or an energy taker.

If you want to be successful in life, you need to not only be an energy giver… you need to surround yourself with energy givers.

Energy givers make those around them better. 9 out of 10 people adamantly admit they are more productive when they are around positive people (aka ‘energy givers’).

Learn more here:



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